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Drive smarter for the Climate Week

11 Mar 2011 at 09:15

energy saving trust logoTravel is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy use. From using public transport more to simply improving the way you drive there are lots of ways to cut your carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and drive down your fuel costs, too.

Did you know that by making some simple changes to the way you drive, you could reduce the fuel you use and also save money? This is called smarter driving and involves using your gears, acceleration and powers of anticipation to adopt a more fuel-efficient driving style.

So why not give smarter driving a go during Climate Week (21-27 March 2011) and see if you can see the difference?

Behind the wheel

1. Drive off from cold - the engine warms up quicker using less fuel.
2. Check your revs - use the highest appropriate gear to reduce fuel consumption.
3. Drive smoothly.
4. Step off the accelerator - light throttle in a higher gear reduces fuel usage.
5. Slow down.
6. Look ahead - look further ahead and use your gears more to slow down.

Stuck in traffic

7. Switch it off - turn off the engine if you're going to be stationary for more than a minute or two.

Smarter preparation

8. Plan ahead - plan your journey to avoid congested areas (sometimes a longer distance is more efficient), check for traffic news along your route.
9. Reduce drag - remove uneccassary items from the vehicle to reduce weight.
10. Check tyre pressures - less rolling resistance on a correctly inflated tyre reduces fuel consumption.

The Energy Saving Trust is the UK's leading impartial organisation helping people save energy and reduce carbon emissions. They do this by providing expert insight and knowledge about energy saving, supporting people to take action, helping local authorities and communities to save energy and providing quality assurance for goods, services and installers.

If you would like to know more about how you can save energy and money through travel and transport then please refer to the Travel section of the Energy Saving Trust website:

England: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Travel

Scotland: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Scotland-Welcome-page/At-Home/Transport-Eco-driving

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